Narrative Means to Sober Ends: Treating Addiction and Its Aftermath

Narrative Means to Sober Ends: Treating Addiction and Its Aftermath

Narrative Means to Sober Ends: Treating Addiction and Its Aftermath

Narrative Means to Sober Ends: Treating Addiction and Its Aftermath

Synopsis

Filled with deeply moving case histories, letters, and personal accounts, this accessible volume illuminates the devastating power of addiction and presents innovative approaches to help clients explore their relationship to drugs and alcohol, take the first steps toward sobriety, and develop meaningful ways of living without addiction.

Excerpt

Dear Jon,

It's 6 A.M. I'm sitting in my backyard as a murky humid dawn unfolds. The traffic noise is beginning to drown out the birds. I just finished your book. Your last sentence made me laugh out loud.

In another hour I will be in the chair again, privileged to be bearing witness to the rich mix of misery, courage, and mystery that my clients bring to me every day. Having just read your work, I feel renewed and ready. Undoubtedly, it will seem like a very good idea to suggest letter writing to most of the folks I see today. Then I thought I would start by writing to you.

As you may have already surmised, this is a somewhat unconventional foreword, but Narrative Means to Sober Ends is no ordinary book. From the first few pages, I knew I was reading something special. I could tell you were a creative and courageous therapist, and that you'd written a book that truly reflects your exciting ideas, clinical acumen, and passionate commitment.

Narrative Means to Sober Ends is about stories—yours and your clients'. Through being completely present to each of your clients in the therapeutic moment and then in your telling of it, you convey the elusive essence of therapy in full flight. In story after story, you reveal the complexity of integrating psychodynamic and addictions theory on the one hand, and narrative and family system therapy on the other, while maintaining the precious individuality of each client and each therapy relationship. Your book reveals the art and mystery of therapy. It captures the bird on the wing.

Job well done.

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